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REO

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11-23-2014 01:19 PM

Ran across an add for the Triton 3 1/4 HP router on clearance at Menards. it has an integrated router lift for above the table adjustment.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 11-23-2014 01:48 PM

That’s a very good deal but I guess not every Menard’s has one. None of them near me have it in stock. You can check on line if you’re chasing one down.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 11-23-2014 05:11 PM

My Triton (2.1/4 hp) does not hold it’s height adjustment in a router table,as soon as I turn it on it unwinds itself,the only remedy for it is to engage the height lock to keep it in place.

I no longer recommend this router.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 11-23-2014 05:25 PM

Why is 'engaging the height lock' a deal breaker?

Sounds like something that should be done anyway… (??)

Other than this fault, how is everything else about the router?

I have never heard of a 4 1/2 HP router... Is that a typo and s/b 3 1/2 HP??

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 05:33 PM

Title bar says 3 1/4….

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#5 posted 11-23-2014 06:28 PM

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Why is engaging the height lock a deal breaker?

Sounds like something that should be done anyway… (??)

Other than this fault, how is everything else about the router?

- Joe Lyddon


It never did this before ,I used to use the over the table crank handle to adjust the height and it would stay locked in that position,now I manually have to lock it in place . when I disengage the height lock ,the whole router drops down all the way to the max and bottoms out,if half way through a cut I decide to increase/decrease the height,I must hold the router with one hand (so it doesn’t fall all the way down) ,release the lock,and re -adjust with my other hand which is awkward especially if done a few times a day.

Other than that,it’s an alright router.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 11-23-2014 06:48 PM

Ken, maybe it needs an application of Medium ThreadLock… that stuff that stops that type of problem?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 11-23-2014 06:50 PM

OK, it’s a Typo in the Body of the Post…

which is correct the title or the body? :)
... i would bet on the title… not, the body… BUT… ???

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#8 posted 11-23-2014 07:02 PM

Joe,the model I have is the older version with a plastic worm gear,Triton sent me a (free of charge ) metal worm gear with step by step direction on how to replace it,I did and the problem started to develop slowly slowly soon after that,the plastic worm gear used to wear out prematurely and affect the height adjustment,it looks like by replacing it with a metal type the problem is still there.at least in my case.
I brought this up on Australian triton site and didn’t get much of a response except one member recommended to make a habit of keeping the height adjustment locked during a cut.

The threadlock idea will not work since all the height mechanism has to be lubed/ moveable .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 11-23-2014 08:01 PM

I got one about a month ago and my neighbor had to go about 20 miles farther than me to get his. It is a close out item and if the Menards store has one it is the display model. It is the 3 14 hp router. So far it has been great to use.

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#10 posted 11-23-2014 08:44 PM

distrbd, perhaps you should have said it was an Older model first?

Some time ago, I was ready to BUY one and I backed out because of the problem you state and unstable holding the adjustment…

Since that time, they have corrected and improved that problem…

The NEWER models DO NOT HAVE that problem.

On the LockThread, that is why I suggested Medium… or perhaps the lower one that will allow movement, but with some resistance… It was just a shot in the dark suggestion… hoping it might solve the problem… Sorry, I guess it won’t.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#11 posted 11-23-2014 09:08 PM

I bought one several months ago. It works just fine. I lock it with the lever lock every time. I have had routers for years and never operate them unlocked.

By the way, that built in router lift is in reality just the plunge portion of the router. To use it under the table, simply remove the spring as indicated in the instructions.

I couldn’t be happier.

Mike

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#12 posted 11-23-2014 09:53 PM

sorry guys 3 1/4 hp corrected.

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#13 posted 11-24-2014 03:20 AM


On the LockThread, that is why I suggested Medium… or perhaps the lower one that will allow movement, but with some resistance… It was just a shot in the dark suggestion… hoping it might solve the problem… Sorry, I guess it won t.

- Joe Lyddon


Joe,I’m planning to take the router apart again and retighten the height adjustment once more,I will give the threadlock a shot,you might be on to something,I do have the blue thread lock ,will give it a try,any improvement is better than the way it is now. thanks for the suggestion.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 11-24-2014 03:31 AM

Just came in from using mine that I have mounted in the table. I lock the height every time. Doesn’t bother me. Easily change bits above the table is priceless. Just make sure you take the plunge spring out if you mount it and keep the cap off the spring hole to prevent chips from collecting in there. Very powerful router. Another thing about it is that you have to turn off the power switch every time you change bits which is a bit of a hassle. The guard can be removed, but I haven’t gone there yet. I paid like $260 on amazon a few years ago. Don’t hesitate at 199.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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6mmBR

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#15 posted 11-24-2014 03:31 AM

I bought one in early October, for $10 more. It’s been great so far. I haven’t used it like a pro would, just here and there. No problems yet.

It must have the new gear in it.

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